...and in with the new!

2017 began with the GPEDC under the strong leadership of CEO Jennifer Daly.  Jennifer understandably moved on in mid-year to return to her home state of Iowa.  Culminating a six-month search process, the GPEDC starts 2018 under new leadership with Chris Setti beginning in his role as CEO. 

I cannot say enough good about the leadership that Chair Diana Hall has provided the GPEDC during 2017 working with Jennifer, an Interim, the search process and now the transition to a new CEO.  We truly appreciate her dedication to this organization.  

Beginning early in 2018, the Chair transitions from Diana to Mike Hinrichsen.  We know he will be yet another energetic leader of our board and we look forward to working with him.

Under the new leadership of Chair Mike Hinrichsen and CEO Chris Setti, 2018 will be a great year for the GPEDC and our region.
 
Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays to All!

Sincerely,
Denny Kief
Interim CEO
Chris Setti joins GPEDC as CEO beginning January 15

We are very pleased to welcome our new CEO and we look forward to continuing our work in 2018 with an experienced leader.  Chris has had an extensive career in public service and economic development, including 13 years at the City of Peoria.  Read more here.
We have a new office!

We moved - but not too far.  Just a few blocks away.  Come on by and say hello sometime.  Stay tuned for an open house in the New Year.  Trouble finding us?  We made you a map!    Find our new location here.

Save the Date for the Winter Startup Mixer on January 26

Our Startup Mixers are great events for our region's entrepreneurs to rub elbows with peers, investors, and discuss startups and resources.  We are back at it in the New Year.  Read more here.
Infrastructure Engineering offers real-world experience for high school students

With partners like Infrastructure Engineering, we're working to build opportunities for students to help them make more informed post-secondary decisions.   Watch Victor's story here.
GPEDC Chair named a 2017 Woman of Influence

GPEDC Board Chair Diana Hall was recognized as a 2017 Woman of Influence by Peoria Magazines.  Learn how this Peoria native built a successful business chain and came to be a leader of regional economic development.   Read her story here.
New promo for GP Manufacturing Network  

With help from the Illinois DIA Program and Converse Marketing, we pulled together a new video to promote the GP Manufacturing Network.  Watch and share it here.    

Learn more about the Network at www.gpmanufacturing.org